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Revolution at the Benidorm Fest: Nacho Cano will chair the jury that decides who goes to Eurovision

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  • TVE presents the novelties of the contest that chooses our representative

  • Mónica Naranjo will be the presenter, with more candidate artists (16) and a larger jury after last year’s controversy

Chanel Terrero’s Eurovision success, winner of the first Benidorm Fest, meant the final approval of the new TVE formula to choose the candidate in the European music contest, with great expectation to know what next year’s edition will be like.

TVE has given a press conference today to announce the news, which are not few. Singer Mónica Naranjo will be the presenter of the Benidorm Fest 2023taking the witness to Alaska, Màxim Huerta and Inés Hernanddrivers of the first edition, held last January.

Mónica Naranjo: “This year I fell in love with Eurovision again”

“I was disenchanted with Eurovision, but this year it was something magical. We fell in love again with what the most important stage and the most important place in music means, and I said: That’s right!, and I fell in love with Eurovision again “has commented the interpreter of I will survive in a connection from Mexico.

More candidate artists than last year

Next year a total of 16 artists, two more than last year, as they have announced in the act organized in the Tamarind walk in Benidormwhere he president of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero; the President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, and the Mayor, Toni Pérezhave signed the protocol to host this musical event for another year in Alicante’s capital of tourism.

Nacho Cano, president of a larger jury

Chanel TerreroEurope Press

TVE, which already said that it would listen to criticism of the voting system and apply changes, has revealed that in 2023 the jury will be more numerous and what will be chaired by the musician and composer Nacho Cano.

Nacho Cano

Nacho CanoBeatrice Velasco

The composer has never been linked to Benidorm or Eurovision. But Chanel, the Eurovision 2022 representative who achieved a historic third place, works closely with the former component of Mecano since it will be the protagonist of his next musical, Malinche, the next one opens September 15 in Madrid. “This is no coincidence. It is a very special year because effort and work have been rewarded”, said proud of Chanel.

Artists rise to 16 at Benidorm Fest in one year presented by M.Naranjo

Artists rise to 16 at Benidorm Fest in one year presented by M.NaranjoPep Morell

Nacho Cano has defended that he will be “demanding” and has encouraged artists to are presented “from absolute freedom because that is the good thing about art”.

Among the members ofhe international jury, which will have more weightwill be the Swedish musician and producer Christer Bjorkmanwhich has been director of the Melody Festival for 19 years and the artistic producer of Eurovision of the Continental Festival.

Let us remember that the Benidorm Fest 2022 jury was made up of Natalia Calderón, Miryam Benidited, Estefanía García, Felix Bergsson and Marvin Dietmann, who in sum awarded the following points: Chanel (51), Rigoberta Bandini (46), Blanca Paloma (39), Rayden (37), Tanxugueiras (30), Xeinn (30), Varry Brava (25) and Gonzalo Hermida (12 ).

The three galas and the same voting system are maintained

Regarding the mechanics, the three galas: two semi-finals with eight artists in each on Sunday, January 31 and Tuesday, February 2, 2023, and with a grand finale, saturday 4th february in which the eight artists who have passed the semifinals will compete and from them will come out the Spanish representative in Eurovision.

There are no changes in the voting system that, that will be shared with a 50% for the verdict of a professional jury with experts from the world of Spanish and foreign music; a 25% for public televoting and the other The remaining 25% for a demographic jury.

Finally, the capacity is increased of the finery, with tickets on sale at a price between 20 and 60 euros.

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